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FIFA’s Bin Hammam gets life ban

Former FIFA presidential hopeful Mohamed Bin Hammam resigned from all his positions on Monday.

Mohamed bin Hammam has been banned for life by FIFA. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former FIFA presidential candidate embroiled in corruption allegations, has resigned from all his positions in football and has been banned from the game for life, FIFA said on Monday.

"In view of the fact that under the new FIFA Code of Ethics, the FIFA Ethics Committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the Adjudicatory Chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life," a FIFA statement said.

"This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J. Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

"That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (Conflict of Interest) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC President and as member of the FIFA Executive Committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a life-long ban from all football related activity."

The 63-year-old former Asian football chief was first banned by FIFA in July 2011 for alleged bribery during his failed bid to oust Blatter in the presidential race to head world soccer's governing body.

In July, the life ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but Qatari Bin Hammam has remained sidelined by continuous suspensions handed out first by the Asian FootballConfederation (AFC) for financial wrongdoing and then FIFA.

Bin Hammam, who was elected unopposed for a third and final four-year term as the head of the AFC in January 2011, has long pleaded his innocence and complained his punishments have come because he challenged Blatter's leadership.